Fender Stratocaster – All new electrics

Here’s a nice looking Strat’.  A rather nice upgrade with a new pick-guard and a set of Iron Gear Pickups.

It’s also got a problem with one of the saddle height screws.

A new set will sort that out.

The new pickups are switchable with a Low/High output so I’m going to fit three Push-Push pots.  The holes need to be just teased out a little, for the slightly larger size pots.

That’s the pick-guard fully loaded, ready to fit.

There it is, in place.

While the strings are off it’s always a good time to give the fret-board a good clean.

And with the strings back, a standard 5 point setup.

The neck had way too much curve.

so tighten up the truss-rod.

Having fitted new saddle height screws they were never going to be right.

so bring them up a lump, starting with the outside “E” strings.

Followed by the rest, to match the fret-board radius.

The action back at the 1st fret was fine.

The intonation was about right

But the pickup heights were nowhere near, since I’ve only just fitted them.

There we are.  The middle pot in the UP position, low power.  with a standard 5 way switch giving lots of options.

So there it is.  I rather like that one.

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Innes Sibun “Strat”

What a beautiful guitar. There are lots of Strats’ out there so it takes something out of the ordinary to stand out, and this certainly does that.

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It’s got just one slight flaw, some of the frets are just a little un-even. I’ve seen worse, but to get it playing really nicely they need to be levelled.

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It’s always best to do that with the neck off the guitar, less likely to damage the body as well.  Before doing anything it’s important that it’s completely flat.

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With the fret-board taped up to protect it, use the level beam to grind all the frets to a common level.

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With the fret tops level some have more flattened tops so they need to be rounded off again.

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And then re-polished to bring back the shine.

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As I was putting the nut back I noticed that the bottom didn’t have the correct radius so I re-shaped it before re-fitting it.

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All that’s needed then is a standard 5 point setup.

No.1 The neck set, or curve.

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No.2  The action at the 12th fret.  A little low…

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so raise the bridge saddles a little, starting with the outside “E” strings.

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then the other strings, to match the fret-board radius.

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N.3 the action at the 1st fret, just about right.

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No. 4 The Intonation.

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No.5  The pickup heights.  They look about right but I’ll plug it in and listen to what they sound like.

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There it is.

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